Your wildest childhood carnival fantasy has collided with the produce aisle to make what is arguably the strangest food hybrid you’ll ever find in your neighborhood supermarket.
Grown out of Bakersfield, California, these mind-boggling grapes are the creation of farmers and horticulturalists who have used plant breeding to infuse cotton candy flavor in green and Concord grapes. Grapery, the company behind this wacky combination, has also released different flavors and shapes this year along with their (in)famous cotton candy grape, including Moon Drops and Tear Drops varieties.
Before your lips even touch these plump, vibrant beauties, you’re immediately hit with a wave of sweet, sugary cotton candy flavor upon opening the bag. Toss ‘em in your mouth and you will not believe that these normal looking green grapes encase the classic, unmistakable taste of an airy cloud of cotton candy. They are not shy on sweetness either; traditional grapes are about 17% natural sugars, while these pack a slightly greater and definitely noticeable 20% natural sugars.
While cotton candy is the most popular flavor (grocery stores have a hard time keeping them stocked), another breed that you can find at the store include Moon Drops, whose “gravity defying shape” features a belly button-like indentation at the bottom. Their flavor is very similar to that of a typical red grape. Another variety, Tear Drops, are named for their quirky, elongated shape. Your kids will be in awe of (and definitely want to try) these funny-shaped fruits.
It can take anywhere from five to fifteen years for these species to successfully cross-pollinate and produce these out-of-this-world varieties. These intriguing late-summer treats are only available from late August through early September, and they make for a lip-puckering sweet snack, so get to eating!